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Americium-241 is an isotope of americium. Like all isotopes of americium, it is radioactive, with a half-life of 432.2 years. 241Am is the most common isotope of americium as well as the most prevalent isotope of americium in nuclear waste. It is commonly found in ionization type smoke detectors and is a potential fuel for long-lifetime radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs).

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5 minute measurement with a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) radiation detector.

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Isotope: Americium
Mass number: 241
Atomic number: 95
Neutron number: 146

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